Making the switch
WHEN you're trying to lose weight you will probably know that it's not all the overeating at each meal that hinders your best weight loss efforts.
Sure that contributes, but it might also be all the little sneaky bits doing you more harm than good. All the little things really do add up. Here are a few little things you could do every day that will help you get back on the right track:
What's for morning tea? Nearly everything we put in our mouths contains calories so the calories from mindless snacking really start to add up. Instead of getting into the biscuits supplied by your employer at morning tea, have a plan to eat healthy snacks that combine a little bit of everything - fat, protein and carbohydrates - like a small handful of almonds with an apple.
Do you want sugar with that? Instead of getting a coffee with sugar, try a natural sweetener alternative such as stevia to replace the sugar. Did you know there are hidden sugars in condiments such mayonnaise and other salad dressings? Try mustard with your lunch instead of mayonnaise, and or better still try putting your salad dressing on the side so that you can control the amount you eat.
Exercise is key: Did you know research shows people who manage a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate activity a week are more successful in reaching their weight loss goals? It's not rocket science - it's as simple as taking a couple of flights of stairs instead of the elevator or parking a bit farther from your destination so you have to walk. It's really easy to burn more calories.
Avoid fast food: How serious are you about your weight loss, really? If you are really serious then you should really avoid fast foods! I appreciate that sometimes when you're out and about the only food is fast food, so my recommendation to you is to do yourself a favour and don't supersize it. Consider a salad, smaller portions, or "get baked, not fried."
Beware of liquid calories: Do you realise that sweetened tea and fruit juices have no less calories than soft drink? Were you aware some research shows that some artificial sweeteners used in soft drinks have links to cancers and mental conditions? While you'd be better off eating the fruit than drinking the juice, it is important to drink a minimum of two litres of fluids daily to maintain hydration.
Order smaller portions: Have you considered sharing a plate or a meal at restaurant when you are eating with others, or when eating on your own ordering a smaller portion? If you have never considered this before - then try it! If you're still hungry, then order another meal to share, but you probably won't need to! Did you know that the average person's stomach is the size of their fist?
Celebrate your success: Make sure you always take a moment to pat yourself on the back when you make healthy choices and achieve your short-term goals - just don't reward yourself with calories! Trying to be healthy and losing weight can be tough, but stick with it and watch how making these small easy changes will quickly add up to more weight lost over time!